Food future a bitter pill to swallow?
Look at our current consumption habits and it is patently clear that we cannot go on eating the way we are. Not with the long-term, global insecurity of food supplies.
While the organics movement argues passionately for a return to traditional farming, most of the scientific community is far from convinced and, according to a thought-provoking article in the Observer magazine this past weekend, asserts that the public will have to accept the new and “unnatural” if we don’t want to starve.
Contrary to some commentators, future meals are unlikely to come in a pill format. The technical challenges are far too great and consumers just wouldn’t swallow food served up in such an unconventional way.
Meanwhile US biotech researchers are busy sketching out the futurology of food; gene-splicing to create novel products that are simply mind-boggling. Clearly, the food culture as we know it will never be the same again.
What this means for the waste and resources industry, which relies on food waste and its related packaging to stimulate and drive a circular economy is difficult to predict. But with climate change and population growth impacting on food supplies, we may not have much choice about what we eat in future years.Nick Warburton